Preview Nov. 7: NYC Votes 2013 Analysis, Robert MacNeil on JFK, Senior Planet

November 01, 2013 at 11:47 am

The next edition of MetroFocus features analysis of election returns from the metropolitan region with Michael Powell, columnist for The New York Times, Morgan Pehme, editor-in-chief of City & State, and Jarrett Murphy, executive editor of  City Limits.

This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Former co-anchor of the MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour Robert MacNeil joins MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman in studio to talk about a new documentary “JFK: 1 PM Central Standard Time” premiering November 13 at 10 PM on Thirteen and about his memories of covering President and Mrs. Kennedy on their trip to Texas in November 1963.

MacNeil, then a correspondent for NBC News, was travelling in the press bus following the Kennedy motorcade through Dealey Plaza when shots were fired.  MacNeil made the driver stop and was the only reporter to leave the bus. He raced to find a phone in the nearby Texas Book Depository building where he passed a young man now thought to have been the assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. MacNeil tells Pi Roman he doesn’t know if it was Oswald but says, “If the evidence points that way I have to believe it.”

What matters more to him, he says, is “Why didn’t I stop and talk to the people I passed lying on the ground when I ran up the grassy knoll, who a few minutes later gave incredible eyewitness accounts to reporters who had the sense to ask them. I was so fixated on following the police up the grassy knoll that I didn’t stop. Why were the police running up there is the question.”

And finally, who says seniors can’t cross the digital divide?  In a solutions segment, multimedia producer Marisa Wong takes us to the Senior Planet, a non-profit technology training center in Chelsea that gets seniors online and back into the workforce.  It’s the first of its kind in the nation and has long waiting lists for its upcoming classes.


Tune in for MetroFocus:

WLIW: Wednesday 11/6 at 7:30pm
THIRTEEN: Thursday 11/7 at 8:30pm
NJTV: Thursday 11/7 at 10:30pm


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